Church activities and ministries
The church choir is open to all and sings a variety of classical, contemporary and traditional music. The choir meets Thursdays from 7 to 8 PM during the academic year and before the Sunday worship service at 9:30 AM and is directed by Pastor Mike and accompanied by Brittany Privette.
The Etna Gospel Group (EGGs) sings a variety of old country gospel songs accompanied by guitar, bass guitar, and mandolin. The EGGs sing 1-2 times a month during the worship service and visit the Genesis nursing facility usually on the fourth Monday and Hanover Terrace on the second Monday 6:30-7:30 PM. The group is open to everyone. Practices are informal after the coffee hour on Sundays. Contact Marjorie.firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Children’s Christian education includes weekly Sunday school for pre-k through 5th grades and a youth group for middle and high schoolers which meets mid-way during the Sunday worship service during the academic year. During the school vacation weeks and the summer months we offer a “one-room school house” for pre-K through grade 5, often focusing on service projects. Contact Laurie Wadsworth for information or to get more involved.
Adult Bible Study is offered Tuesday evenings 7-8 PM in Trumbull Hall and is led by the pastor. Topics typically last 4-6 weeks and are announced in the newsletters. For further information, consult the weekly announcements or contact Pastor Mike.
Church Community Events and Activities
Craft night meets the second Thursday each month at 6:30 PM in Trumbull Hall to share fellowship, fun, and craft ideas. Bring your own craft to share or demonstrate or learn a new craft from community members. Contact Norma Pelton for further info.
The Hanover Center Old Timers Fair is an old-fashioned country fair for the whole family on the green In Hanover Center the last Friday and Saturday in June which helps raise funds to maintain the historic church building. For further info contact Christine Hoskins or Elaine Hawthorne:
The Etna Ladies Aid is a community group (including church and non-church members) which organizes fund raisers such as the community rummage sale to raise funds for community members in need. Meetings are in Trumbull Hall. Contact Norma Pelton for further information.
Hanover Center Women’s Fellowship includes church and community members who put on the annual Chicken Pot Pie supper the last Saturday in October to help support community members in need, as well as the Annual Christmas Craft Fair in early November and several rummage sales during the year. Further info please contact Elaine Hawthorne or Christine Hoskin.
Listen community dinners: Two groups regularly help prepare a community dinner at the Listen Center. One church group is scheduled on the first Tuesday of every month--contact Ken Pelton for further information. A second community group does the first Monday every other month --see Betsy Warren for information.
Sunday morning outreach programs occur during the year including collections of food for the Listen Pantry, Thanksgiving Baskets for community members in need, and Operation Christmas Child. Info is posted on the weekly announcements.
Our Compassion International Child, Amelewerk (Amie), is an 8-year-old Ethiopian girl whom the church youth supports through the youth pasta dinner fundraiser. The Sunday School does regular letter-writing during the year to help maintain a personal connection to Amie. Contact Betsy Warren for further info.
Sunday morning worship opportunities include: Lay readers for the scripture readings, Children's moment leaders with a short lesson in worship, Deacons who assist with monthly communion, Greeters who welcome members and hand out bulletins, and Ushers who help with the offering. Please contact Pastor Mike if you are interested participating in any of these ministries.
Fellowship and Community Support
We have lots of others ways to be an active part of our faith community. You can share a small part of your own faith journey in a short "musing from the pew," which are short (600 word) insights from our lay people. Contact the church e-mail if you have questions or suggestion. You can also share your cooking talents by hosting post-worship fellowship hour treats. Sign up outside Trumbull Hall.